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Why Attending Conference is Critical

Two weeks ago I flew from the palm tree-lined streets of Miami to frigid, snowy Minneapolis for the National Music Therapy Conference. Although the temperature change was a bit of a shock, even for me who grew up in Pennsylvania (and has lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey), I am so glad I went. [...]

Why Attending Conference is Critical2019-12-04T14:21:46+00:00

A Pirate Creative Listening Experience for Middle School Students

The theme for Halloween this year at Children's Resources Educational Center (serving students PreK3 - Grade 5) is Pirates. I have to say, I'm a little excited about it. I love the soundtracks to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, so ever since I heard the theme idea, my mind has been coming up with [...]

A Pirate Creative Listening Experience for Middle School Students2019-10-22T13:00:22+00:00

Halloween-Themed Attention & Perception Training Exercises

"Halloween-themed attention & perception training exercises." Kind of a mouthful, isn't it? That'a just a fancy way of saying that we're going to use Halloween songs to work on attention and perception skills (like listening and following directions). Here's an idea that can be used with clients of all ages: Play a spooky Halloween song [...]

Halloween-Themed Attention & Perception Training Exercises2019-10-17T12:43:37+00:00

Tips & Tricks for Smooth Transitions – Part 2

Last week, I started a two-part mini-series on the importance of transitions when working with children. Quick refresher: 1) Transitions help children know an activity is ending; 2) They help recap and review; 3) They let children know another activity will be starting; 4) Transitions help reduce challenging behaviors; and 5) They help children feel [...]

Tips & Tricks for Smooth Transitions – Part 22019-09-17T16:40:40+00:00

Making the Most of Professional Collaborations (Part 2 – with therapists)

Are you still humming "It's always better when we're together?" That's the theme of last week's blog post and this week's blog post: how to make the most of your collaborations with other professionals. I love, love, LOVE co-treating with other therapists - speech language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs), physical therapists (PTs) and ABA [...]

Making the Most of Professional Collaborations (Part 2 – with therapists)2019-08-13T15:04:22+00:00

Making The Most Of Professional Collaborations (Part 1- with teachers)

One thing I've learned in my fourteen years as a music therapist is that it is better when we work together. Cue Jack Johnson singing "it's always better when we're together." One of my favorite parts about working in a school setting is co-treating with other professionals. I have learned a tremendous amount from co-treating [...]

Making The Most Of Professional Collaborations (Part 1- with teachers)2019-08-08T20:36:10+00:00